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In east-central Westchester near the Connecticut border, Purchase, NY, is a village in the town of Harrison, with Rye Brook to the south, White Plains to the south and west, Valhalla to the north and Greenwich, Connecticut to the east. While homes are more affordable in surrounding parts of Harrison, the hilly village of Purchase is one of the county's most affluent, with many multi-million dollar estates hidden behind high stone walls and gates. Good schools—one of the hallmarks of Westchester suburbs—also keep housing prices high here.



Regardless of status or wealth, Purchase residents take pride in their strong sense of community. Philanthropy and community involvement seem to come naturally. A large number of Italian immigrants made their homes here in the 1800s, settling on New Street, which is, in many cases, still home to their descendants. The village is known for its Italian bakeries and other small, family-run establishments. You'll find mostly single-family homes—both old and new homes, from modest to elaborate—on large lots here, with some new developments available for buyers who don't want acres and acres of land.



PepsiCo and MasterCard global corporate headquarters are located in Purchase. The campus of the PepsiCo headquarters is home to the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gallery, one of the county's loveliest sculpture gardens, featuring works by important artists like Alexander Calder, Joan Miré, Alberto Giacometti, and Auguste Rodin placed on 168 acres of manicured lawns, shady groves and landscaped gardens with well-tended hedges and water-lily ponds. Also on the PepsiCo campus is the Neuberger Museum of Art, with its impressive collection of works from 20th century modern and contemporary artists like Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and many more. Purchase is also home to the State University of New York at Purchase and Manhattanville College.



With White Plains and Greenwich nearby, big-town shopping, dining and entertainment options are a short drive away. The nearest Metro North stations are in White Plains (Harlem line) and Rye (New Haven line). The Harrison Metro-North Railroad station also serves Harrison, via the New Haven Line. The Westchester County Airport is nearby at the border between Westchester and Connecticut.



With New York City and Long Island Sound to the south, Putnam County on the north and Connecticut to the east, Westchester County holds the distinction of being the world's first large-scale suburb. Major interstate highways constructed during the 1950s and 1960s and the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge encouraged major corporations to build their headquarters here. A sweet spot for commuters traveling by car or by the Metro-North Commuter Railroad, today's Westchester is one of the nation's most affluent counties and the location of many of New York City's most desirable suburban communities.



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